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      Plunder of the Sun

      Released Aug 26, 1953 1h 21m Adventure List
      Reviews 33% Audience Score 50+ Ratings An American tourist, Al Colby (Glenn Ford), is detained by Mexican authorities and questioned about his role in a treasure hunt expedition in the Oaxaca region that went horribly wrong. Colby recounts how he was hired by a woman, Anna Luz (Patricia Medina), and her husband (Francis L. Sullivan) to smuggle a valuable artifact into Mexico from Havana. He agreed and ended up attracting plenty of shady characters and trouble in the process, leading ultimately to murder. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Has its moments in the sun but fails to be convincing. Rated: C+ Jun 8, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Saw this film at the English language, Oaxaca Lending Library. It was filmed in Mitla and Monte Alban, ruins nearby the city of Oaxaca. Although the review below states "Aztec ruins" This is not correct. The ruins are Zapotec and Mixteca. The movie was so campy I laughed imappropriately. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Noirish adaption of the David Dodge novel is highlighted by extensive use of Mexican locales and a strong performance by Glen Ford. Its hard to imagine John Wayne, whose production company put the film together, bringing the stoicism that Ford delivers and matches the novel perfectly. Unfortunately, the movie substitutes the more interesting Inca gold plot and setting in Peru for a treasure in Mexico. In the novel, the treasure is truly lost in barely charted territory, but here its inside a hidden chamber in a ruin frequented by tourists; just not as believable. Sean McClory is colorful as the chatty and nuanced heavy, Jefferson (note: in the novel this character is black). Diana Lynn's part is way too melodramatic, but its the same in the novel, so its no fault of the movie. The movie is photographed beautifully with an ominous atmosphere of shadows indoors that contrasts well with the luminous cinematography of the ruins of Vera Cruz and other locales. Kudos also goes to the score by Antonio Díaz Conde. Worth noting is the second-unit work by future Western/action director Andrew V. McLaglen. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Indiana Jones meets Film Noir as Glenn Ford rummages around in Cuba and Mexico, trying to find legendary Zapotec treasure, evading criminals and the government on its way. Glenn Ford delivers in his classic stoic style, which fits good into this role as a broke anti-hero. The film features a good cast and the odd twist, at least it is not always easy to tell who is on who's side. Unfortunately, it is the love interest where the film truly fails, as Diana Lynn and Glenn Ford have virtually no on-screen chemistry. Diana Lynn does noz have too much screen presence anyway. Sean McGlory adds an ambigious rogue to the parade, which spices up the story and makes it more flexible. The film makes good use of the setting and scenes will frequently take place in ancient ruines and tunnels. A good adventure movie and an unusual genre mix, which works because Ford holds it together through his straight style. HX Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis An American tourist, Al Colby (Glenn Ford), is detained by Mexican authorities and questioned about his role in a treasure hunt expedition in the Oaxaca region that went horribly wrong. Colby recounts how he was hired by a woman, Anna Luz (Patricia Medina), and her husband (Francis L. Sullivan) to smuggle a valuable artifact into Mexico from Havana. He agreed and ended up attracting plenty of shady characters and trouble in the process, leading ultimately to murder.
      Director
      John Farrow
      Screenwriter
      Jonathan Latimer
      Production Co
      Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
      Genre
      Adventure
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 26, 1953, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 1, 2013
      Runtime
      1h 21m
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